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The blog for English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #16: Alison Assiter

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory is back after its summer break.

This week Neema is pleased to welcome the feminist philosopher Professor Alison Assiter and talks to her about many different topics including feminism, universalism, cultural relativism, Kierkegaard, and women in academia

Episode entry:

Ten of the Best Private Eye Movies Ever Made

Bran Nicol, The Private Eye: Detectives in the Movies (Reaktion Books, 2013)

Thanks to countless portrayals over the years, the private investigator
is one of the most familiar characters in cinema. Think of Humphrey Bogart
looking out quizzically from under his fedora in The Maltese Falcon and The
Big Sleep
, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, ‘branded’ by having his nose
unceremoniously sliced by a hood (played with relish by director Roman
Polanski), or Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart, finally able to look himself
in the mirror, and terrified by what he sees: ‘I know who I am!’

The 2013 INSPIRE Lecture: Literature and Sustainability at the Hay Festival

Following on from the March 2013 ASLE-UKI symposium at Lampeter on literature and sustainability (see previous post), and as part of the collaboration between INSPIRE (Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David) and ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland), an […]

Organising a Symposium (or, Having and Idea and Running with It)

I transferred my PhD to the University of Surrey part way through my second year, having previously been (quite literally) a “remote” student at the University of Exeter, based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter. Whilst still in Wales, I had begun to plan a symposium, not realising then that I […]

New Writers Festival photos

The first annual Surrey New Writers Festival attracted great audiences; the performances and panel discussions resulted in many engaging conversations about writing and publishing. Here are a few photos from the two-day Festival! Day 1, University of Surrey Campus     Day 2, Abbot’s Hospital      

English Literature and Science Journalism

Before university, and even before choosing my A-Levels, I faced a dilemma I’m sure I wasn’t alone in: science or literature? Of course, the choice was made based on my grades which were in favour of literature, and so here I am, studying English Literature at the University of Surrey. While I wouldn’t change my […]

Surrey English and Schools: Applicant Days and Teacher Networking Evening

Our Applicant Days in February and March went incredibly well – we actually saw almost double the number of applicants and their parents than we anticipated! Of course, we hope that the more students who come to see us, the more will place us as their firm choice and we are already starting to see […]

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